When looking for your next Smart car, you may decide that you want a Brabus and why not? A little car restyled and retuned by one of the more respected tuning houses in the world means plenty of fun.
However, some unscrupulous or unknowing sellers may attempt to pass off a standard car as a Brabus either for a quick sell or to get more money so let's identify the fake Brabuses from the real ones.
Don't rely on the sellers description either. If a title says "Smart car Brabus" for example but then the description says "Smart car with Brabus kit", treat with caution. Are they trying to sell you a standard Smart or a bona fide Brabus?
Similarly, if the car has been remapped to Brabus levels, that also does not make it a Brabus.
Note that early 450s don't have the WME prefix (TCC or MC01) so may not be covered by the below.
|VIN Number prefix||Model|
|450333, 450335||Smart City-Coupe Brabus|
|450433||Smart Cabriolet Brabus|
|451333||Fortwo Coupe Brabus|
|451392, 451492||Fortwo Cabriolet ED Brabus|
|451433||Fortwo Cabriolet Brabus|
|453362||ForTwo Coupe Brabus|
|453462||ForTwo Cabriolet Brabus|
However, even with this, this does not guarantee that the car being looked at is a Brabus. However, there is another factor which further helps identify the car as Brabus which is the speedometer and pods. Brabus speedometers have a different speed range
to a standard car and have different fascias as well. The below is a standard 454 speedometer on top and a Brabus speedometer on the bottom. Note the speed range of the two speedometers.
If the car you are looking at has the right VIN and this style of speedometer (I believe the 450, 451 and 452 have similar styling), it is very likely to be a Brabus.
Smart themselves do sometimes sell standard Smarts with Brabus parts added to them, such as the Tailor Made line from the 451 and 453 models for example. They are very much sold as a special edition Smart rather than a Brabus outright and the sales people
should tell you this. They appear to be focused on the visuals rather than performance outright. Most of the parts could also be added to the car when ordered as a Brabus pack when the car was being ordered. Having this pack does not make the car a Brabus,
just that it has Brabus components added to it.
Brabus also did tuning modifications for the engines of standard cars to boost them a little, such as the SB3 for the 454 ForFour or the SB1 for the 450. Whilst not strictly a Brabus as this could be ordered as a addition to the car
rather than a different car altogether, you could say it was tuned by Brabus rather than the car being a Brabus entirely.